Start-ups in biotechnology, robotics and fintech took the limelight today at the 26th day of the Y Combinator demo . This lot includes 141 companies from 23 countries, with presentations spread over two days. The house was packed at the Mountain View Computer History Museum with wealthy investors forced to stand at the back or sit on the floor. Meanwhile, marijuana soda, wind turbine cleaner drones and indestructible tights starters demonstrated their products in the restroom and parking lot.
Y Combinator has advanced diversity in his startup school. Thirty-five percent of the companies in this lot are based abroad, 27% have a founder and 13% have an under-represented minority founder. The 50-person YC team now has 18 associates, Eric Migicovsky of Pebble joining to help hardware companies and explore accelerator opportunities in China.
The question for all is what start-ups will join the previous 15, such as Stripe, Dropbox and Airbnb, which are worth more than $ 1 billion today. But with YC’s portfolio going beyond social apps and business tools towards scientific innovation, 18% of the companies in this lot coming from health and biotechnology seemed a little overwhelmed. We will let you choose your favorite among our 64 items published today. Check back later for the TechCrunch selections from the top companies, and we’ll have a full Demo Day 2 coverage tomorrow.
Robotics flag of the bear
Bear Flag builds autonomous tractors. They claim to be able to reduce inputs by 20% and increase the production yield by 11%. They are already testing tractors on the ground in California. They plan to load about $ 4,000 per tractor per month.
A mobile application for building mobile websites. Who would have thought? Universe allows users to create a personal portfolio site with the same ease of editing a photo on Instagram. Users can follow other sites, which creates a network of personal blogs that look like Tumblr. Users have already built a hundred thousand sites with the iOS app that has expanded its functionality in recent months to allow users to build multi-page sites. The application currently has 2,200 paid subscribers who pay an average of $ 3.40 per month to benefit from the high-end features of the application.
Learn more about Univers on TechCrunch here.
Juni is an online education program for kids that targets the $ 9 billion out-of-school market. The idea is to start by teaching children computer science in a virtual environment, pairing them with tutors. He charges $ 250 a month for weekly classes. Juni says it’s up 25% over a month in the last six months. The company also says it’s profitable, with a monthly renewal rate of 95%. Without proper computer courses in schools, and skills becoming a clearly critical future job, Juni could educate the next generation of programmers.
Learn more about Juni on TechCrunch here.
There are 25 million digital nomads circulating around the world when they work on the Internet, which can complicate Medicare. SafetyWing offers $ 37 per month of health insurance in 180 countries ($ 30 extra fee in the US) that covers hospital visits and prescriptions but does not cover preventative treatment or conditions pre-existing like cancer. SafetyWing is associated with the insurance giant TokioMarine to administer the plans. The goal is to create a global safety net for freelancers and digital nomads that the startup hopes to include in the future bank and income protection. The startup will have to convince travelers that health insurance is worth the price and hassle, but with a market of $ 15 billion a year and the number of digital nomads doubling every five years, there is room for a vision modernized health insurance.
Learn more about SafetyWing on TechCrunch here.
Macromoltek wants to “change the process of drug discovery” by building software that designs antibodies. The startup uses university research combined with technology to help pharmaceutical companies. Until now, Macromoltek has 10 paying customers, generating $ 50,000 in revenue in 2017. They also received $ 500,000 in letters of intent (Letters of Intent) to design new antibodies.
Passerine makes unmanned planes that take off and land like birds. They intend to sell it to companies for tasks such as large area mapping, light load delivery, lidar surveying and power line monitoring.
Visor wants to turn the best players into even more competent players. The startup is analyzing eSports game sequences to help users determine the gaming skills they need to improve. The team has analyzed 1.3 million minutes of footage in the last 30 days and has over 39,000 active users per month, an increase of 52% since the beginning of the year.
Proven uses data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to design individualized care products for consumers. To provide the best skin care products to people, Proven has built a database, dubbed the Beauty Genome Project, which uses 8 million people reviews in conjunction with AI to understand which ingredients are impacting on people. The idea is to help people find the products that best suit their skin topology.
Learn more about Proven on TechCrunch here.
Vena Medical has created what they call the “world’s smallest camera,” designed to help treat medical treatments like liver cancer and stroke by examining the patient’s blood vessels. They got pilots in hospitals and believe that there is a $ 5 billion market opportunity for their single-use medical device. “Every treated patient is another camera used.”
Haiku wants to do for apps that the unit has done for games. This is a simple application creation tool, intended for developers and designers to use together. The applications that it creates are multi-platform on iOS and Android
Patchd built a chest device that detects sepsis, the leading cause of death in hospitalized patients. The idea is that patients should no longer stay in the hospital for surveillance because the device can record and analyze vital signs and send the results back to the doctors. They currently have a paid pilot in Australia and are currently testing the aircraft with 20 people. They will be conducting a clinical trial in 2019. If the product can reliably predict sepsis, patients will be able to return to hospital on time if they have complications. The Patchd device could save tons of money for hospitals and insurers while bringing the sick home to where they want to be.
Proof helps websites turn visitors into buyers. For example, websites can show visitors how many people are currently viewing a product. The idea is that these notifications help convert people into buyers. Proof currently has 2,700 paying customers, who average 10 to 15 percent conversions. The long-term goal of Proof is to customize the entire funnel marketing.
Openland wants to create a better way for real estate developers to acquire properties. It does this through a smooth interface that allows builders to sort available land and quickly connect with landowners, evaluate properties and get through the paperwork. The co-founder of Openland has called the fact that 90% of the buildable space is not for sale the “biggest roadblock for the real estate industry.”
The largest technology companies in the United States – the so-called FAANG, or Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google – have tremendous recruiting efforts on college campuses and around the world. But SharpestMinds wants to build a set of tools to help the rest of those tech companies that do not have these recruiting resources to find talent before they get ripped off. SharpestMinds associates students who apply on their site with companies where they can work as a test, establishing this early relationship that could lead to a job down the line.
Learn more about SharpestMinds on TechCrunch here.
Curious Fictions is a mobile site where readers can find, read and pay for news. You can pay $ 5, $ 10 or $ 15 a month and then the money is distributed to the authors of the stories that they liked that month. You can also tip the authors for individual stories.
Learn more about CuriousFictions on TechCrunch here.
Robotics of culture
Culture Robotics is a growing organism for biotech companies. He claims to have built the “first cloud bioreactor farm” and compared himself to Amazon Web Services, but for biofabrication. Its technology creates bacteria like collagen for beauty companies. Culture Robotics believes that it is applicable for synthetic biology, microbiome and cell therapy. Until now, they have secured three paying customers and generate $ 50k in revenue per month.
Qulture.Rocks is Human Resource Management for Latin America. They have risen by about 20% per month over the last two years and have reached the breakeven point.
A biotechnology start-up that aims to create a more user-friendly way to deliver drugs. AesculaTech invented a temperature-sensitive material that allows the company to manufacture personalized medical devices inside the body. The company’s first use of this technology goes into the treatment of dry eye syndrome, whose founders claim that it affects more than 20 million people in America. The goal is to become the reference material used to make medical devices.
Learn more about AesculaTech on TechCrunch here.
Evry Health wants to establish itself in the health insurance market for employees by attacking a specific type of clientele. The startup specializes in working with client companies with between 200 and 1,000 employees. They boast that their product is 20 percent less than competitors and offers improved coverage. They are tackling the $ 10 billion Texas health care market when they are launched early next year.
Aspire offers small business loans in Southeast Asia. His team of “credit specialists” promises to make a decision within two hours and have the money paid the next day. Until now, they got $ 500,000 in loans in just eight weeks. They support banks like Citi, Maybank and HSBC.
Sudden makes instant coffee that the company claims to be “better than the fresh Starbucks” – supporting it with what they say is a blind test in which 8 of the 10 drinkers of cafe chose their instant stuff. They are currently in 20 retail stores, and will soon be sold in REI. Their secret sauce, as they explain: they found a way to make instant coffee without the need for boiling.
CoinTracker is a platform to track your crypto through all trades, portfolios, and even currencies. Today, most crypto-enthusiasts are trying to do this by using complicated and inflated Google spreadsheets, so that an automated solution has the potential to save a lot of people a lot of time. CoinTracker also has the ability to optimize tax returns by calculating capital gains returns using the FIFO, LIFO or HIFO method.
Learn more about CoinTracker on TechCrunch here.
Supermedium is a web browser built natively for virtual reality. The team behind the browser previously worked at Mozilla to work on A-Frame by defining the WebVR standard that aims to get applications and games from your hard drive and onto the World Wide Web. Supermedium works with developers to make their browser the default hub for fast, high-impact games and demos. A beta version of the app is now available on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets.
Learn more about Supermedium on TechCrunch here.
Sheerly Genius manufactures and sells anti-tear, anti-snag, and “life-resistant” tights that last up to 50 years. The tights are made with the same type of fibers that are found in bulletproof vests and climbing gear. Right now, Sheerly Genius sells black basic tights. Along the way, Sheerly Genius plans to move to the “nude” option, which involves a number of different colors.
Learn more about Sheerly Genius on TechCrunch here.
Hexel allows any Web community to launch its own immediately usable cryptocurrency. The idea is that sites could reward their own users for the commitment or let them buy tokens for different purposes, but that they could also redeem them for currency from other sites on the exchange Hexel. For example, Quora could reward you for having the best answer to scientific questions. These could potentially be used to promote your own answers or questions, or you could exchange them via Hexel for hypothetical Reddit tokens that would allow this user to post on subreddits expert-only scientists. Hexel will charge a fee in case of use of its exchange. While 300 currencies have been created since the launch of Hexel six weeks ago, the startup will struggle to convince popular web platforms to get complicated with chips. Most people still only understand cryptocurrencies as value stores like Bitcoin, so a lot of user education would also be needed.
Learn more about Hexel on TechCrunch here.
A platform of mental health benefits for employers and their employees. Modern Health links employees to a health professional or digital tools to address issues such as depression and anxiety
Since its launch four weeks ago, Modern Health has recorded annual recurring revenues of $ 37,000. Until now, the commitment of employees is 30%.
One in five American households now have a new family member in the house called Alexa, Siri or Google. Volley wants to build a platform for vocal games on the equipment of the home assistant. The company has the number one game for Alexa and has 900k MAUs since their launch last April.
Learn more about Volleyball on TechCrunch here.
Repl.it is an instant serverless computing platform. It allows you to write and deploy applications for your browser. Repl.it thinks that its cloud platform is perfect for building games and other interactive programs. […]
Learn more about Repl.it on TechCrunch here.
“Shopping without borders for Asia”. Trusu says that it is often difficult to obtain Western products in Asia, which requires you to use a parcel shipping service at a high price. They import products in bulk once a week, which allows their prices to be up to 75% lower than other services.
Leap is a private social network for women in technology. Designed by and for women, Leap could help people find investors, co-founders, mentors, jobs, and more. Leap uses a real name, but allows some anonymous messages, and uses a light touch sparingly, but with the prospect of abuse missing on most social networks run by men. Leap now has 2000 users, but has plenty of room to grow with 4.8 million women in technology in the United States. Social networks have an exceptional life value in that they can retain their users and understand what they buy.
-Not, niche social networks can succeed against massive networks like Facebook and its groups by focusing on the fight against abuse and creating a more civil space for discussion. Leap’s private beta now accepts registrations.
Avro Life Science
A life science company that develops skin patches for the administration of drugs. Skin patches act by allowing drugs to pass through your skin, directly into your bloodstream. This means that Avro skin patches eliminate the need to swallow pills and involve the gastrointestinal tract.
Avro manufactures patches for hundreds of drugs, such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin and Aerius. Avro’s research has shown its effectiveness in terms of relieving seasonal allergies. Avro says he’s on track for FDA approval in the second quarter of 2019.
Sourcify wants to be the Flexport for product sourcing by attacking how companies come into contact with manufacturing pipelines. They want to get out the Excel manufacturing sort and stick to its software. The startup says that they can add visualization and transparency to the industry because it already has “pre-approved” over 700 factories.
Lawyaw builds “smart models for law firms”. Built by a former law firm and a former Google engineer, he uses natural language processing to create new legal documents from existing documents from a lawyer, which allows him to 39, be reused later as a model. More than 800 lawyers are currently using the service, with 23,000 models completed so far.
The Lobby helps job seekers make individual calls with insiders from the company. With resume reviews and fictitious interviews, startups help job seekers to get advice from a real human who has the job they want. They already work with insiders in the largest investment banks like JP Morgan and Barclays. ) Run rate, taking margins of 45% on calls. With 40 million Americans looking for highly skilled jobs, they hope this represents a $ 2.4 billion market opportunity. The Lobby “turns employees into talent scouts.”
Vathys is an artificial intelligence startup that manufactures an in-depth learning chip meant to be 10 times faster than the competition. The calculation represents 8% of the energy consumption of a chip. The rest is the movement of data, according to the founder. By processing the data movement, Vathys has created a processor 10 times faster than the competition. The company already has a $ 50,000 purchase order.
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California Dreamin’s is a cannabis-infused THC soft drink, designed to get you some alcohol the same way that a beer gets you drunk a bit. The legalization of marijuana has opened the door to a massive new industry, including psychoactive products for people who do not want to smoke anything. Each bottle sells for $ 8 to $ 10 and contains 10 mg of Sativa Energizing THC – a standard dose. It has a sweet taste but with a hint of earthy vegetal notes, and you can drink a whole bottle without ending up locked in your couch like some competitors who put 100 mg in a bottle. If California Dreamin’s can appeal to baby boomers and soccer moms looking to avoid the hangover of alcohol while absorbing something to relax, the company might be able to 39; flourish. California Dreamin is now delivering its first cases to SF recreational clinics after selling $ 10,000 in its beta program. The legal trade in cannabis is $ 10 billion a year and increases by 30% each year, but California Dreamin wants to absorb part of the $ 210 billion alcohol market by encouraging people to switch to cannabis.
Learn more about California Dreamin on TechCrunch here.
Rhythmm wants to make live conversations with experts and interesting people and let others follow. The startup wants to take the ideas that people get focus groups on Telegram and remove all the noise with their own platform. Only people who have been invited by the creator of the chat can participate, everyone simply follows the conversations.
Algosurg has built algorithms to simulate surgeries. They believe that “robotics is the future of surgery,” and have developed something called Tabplan3D, which uses cloud technology instead of Xrays to help orthopedic surgeons prepare for themselves using a 3D virtual surgery plan . They have four patents filed and the current FDA approval.
OSIMple helps to build automated infrastructure inspections – in other words, software that helps to optimize the inspection of things like roads, railways, bridges and bridges. dams. 500 different bridges have been inspected with their software in the last 6 months, and they have letters of intent from 2 large companies.
Orangewood Labs uses massive 3D woodcutting robots to create furniture on demand. In the absence of inventory, Orangewood avoids the costs of unsold goods or massive warehouses. It brings together 3D designs that it can modify in different styles, colors and sizes to suit your home. As commerce evolves online, customers no longer expect to be able to test everything in person before they buy. Maybe Orangewood will use augmented reality to virtually test its desks and chairs in your home. The startup has already scored $ 2 million in orders.
OpenSea is a peer-to-peer market for the purchase, sale and discovery of crypto assets and collectibles. Just as Coinbase works as a cryptocurrency exchange, it’s a market for all other types of assets on the blockchain, like software licenses, collectibles, cryptokitties, and other digital assets on the blockchain. In the past two months, Open Sea has made $ 500,000 of Ethereal volume.
Play the virus
Playing Viral is an Indonesian startup that helps online publishers offer leads to advertisers. The team works with surveys on visual ad blocks and can analyze the text to ensure that users get surveys in their language and dialect.
Based on bioengineering research at UC Berkeley, Correlia Biosystems is able to analyze microsamples of blood, making it “easier to obtain more data from a single source. tiny drop. “By reducing the time and cost of protein quantification for pharmaceutical applications, up to now, they have reported $ 55,000 in revenue in three months and $ 9.2 million in letters of intent.” Correlia estimates that there is a $ 11.6 billion market opportunity.
Sqreen is a tool that is in your web application and tries to prevent attacks. It monitors user behavior within your application to identify and block SQL injections and cross-site scripting attacks. It currently works with applications based on Ruby on Rails, NodeJS and Python.
Sqreen was in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF battlefield in 2016. You can read more about Sqreen on TechCrunch here.
The voice assistants may be the product of the day, but Piccolo wants you to control your smarthome with your hands. No, not as you already do, but using gestures. Point the light to turn it on, play a video on your TV by moving your hand in front of you, and so on. The company is building a smart camera able to map the geometry of a user’s skeleton and see what the user wants to control.
Learn more about Piccolo on TechCrunch here.
Bootcamps est devenu incroyablement populaire au milieu des années 2010, mais il y a eu un grand bouleversement depuis – et NexGenT espère prendre les bases pour préparer une production d’ingénieur, mais avec une approche différente. Plutôt que d’essayer de faire en sorte que somoene soit prêt à devenir un développeur à part entière en 3 mois, NexGenT se concentre uniquement sur des programmes de certificat pour préparer les gens à devenir des ingénieurs réseau. Le processus est plus long, mais heureusement plus robuste.
En savoir plus sur NextGenT sur TechCrunch ici.
La Voicery synthétise des voix d’ordinateur ultra-réalistes qui peuvent utiliser l’émotion et l’inflexion naturelles, et murmurer ou plaisanter. 70% des gens préfèrent ses voix à Amazon Alexa. Voicery analyse des centaines de voix humaines pour former des réseaux de neurones profonds qui alimentent son produit, plutôt que d’essayer de former un ordinateur pour imiter une seule voix spécifique. Voicery pourrait être utilisé pour générer des voix off, lire les nouvelles, les émissions de télévision dub et plus encore. Il a déjà une lettre d’intention de 300 000 $ pour faire des livres audio. Avec de plus en plus d’appareils vocaux disponibles sur le marché chaque jour, il pourrait y avoir un grand marché pour donner sa propre voix aux différentes marques.
En savoir plus sur Voicery sur TechCrunch ici.
Un marché pour les épreuves d’endurance, comme les 5ks, les demi-marathons et autres courses. Faisons cela dit que le chiffre d’affaires a doublé toutes les deux semaines depuis le lancement. Jusqu’à présent, il s’est associé à plus de 850 courses, comme IronMan et The Color Run.
Flexport a montré à quel point l’industrie du fret était prête à être perturbée. Shone rééquipe ses vieux cargos avec sa technologie propriétaire qui leur permet de livrer des conteneurs d’expédition de manière autonome et à distance.
Quitter le génie
Quit Genius est une application “qui offre une thérapie personnalisée pour aider les gens à cesser de fumer.” Il aide les gens à identifier les raisons pour lesquelles ils fument et espère les aider à les surmonter. Ils travaillent avec des entreprises, y compris un «géant de la technologie» pour payer pour Quit Genius, afin d’aider les employés. Le démarrage dit qu’il y a un marché de 10 milliards de dollars pour les personnes qui essaient d’arrêter de fumer, et veut étendre à l’alcool et d’autres dépendances.
Molly utilise l’IA pour générer des questions et réponses pour les personnes auxquelles on pose fréquemment les mêmes questions – célébrités, experts de terrain, etc.
En savoir plus sur Molly sur TechCrunch ici.
Flint est une solution bancaire mobile pour le Mexique qui permet aux gens de payer les commerçants et les amis en utilisant des codes QR scannables. Et pour les 56% de la population non bancarisée, Flint permet aux utilisateurs de déposer ou retirer de l’argent sur le compte de leur application dans les boutiques et les restaurants locaux. C’est essentiellement un ATM crowdsourced. Flint augmente le volume de paiement 5 fois par mois en essayant de faire ce que WeChat et Alipay ont fait pour la Chine.
Une plate-forme vidéo pour la détente. Tingles est une application iOS et Android conçue pour vous aider à vous détendre et à vous endormir. C’est un genre de vidéo appelé ASMR, qui est supposé croître de 130 pour cent d’année en année. Il compte actuellement 60 000 utilisateurs actifs par mois qui regardent chaque jour environ 1,3 heure de contenu.
En savoir plus sur Tingles sur TechCrunch ici
Runa HR veut aider les petites entreprises en Amérique latine en automatisant la masse salariale. La startup évalue son produit de la même manière que les alternatives américaines, mais cherche à trouver un équilibre en Amérique latine entre des solutions coûteuses et inefficaces et celles qui ne répondent pas à tous les besoins de leurs employés. L’équipe de Runa pense pouvoir éventuellement prendre en charge l’ensemble de l’activité de logiciels pour les petites entreprises en Amérique latine.
Aerones a construit des drones qui nettoient les éoliennes. Ils croient que c’est une solution de rechange plus sûre et plus efficace pour les humains qui les nettoient et que c’est une opportunité de marché de 1,4 milliard de dollars. Ils ont des drones de levage lourds qu’ils espèrent finir par nettoyer les bâtiments et avoir des applications pour d’autres industries comme le pétrole, le gaz et l’énergie solaire. Aerones dit que jusqu’à présent, il a reçu 7 lettres d’intention pour 5000 nettoyages, une promesse de 5 millions de dollars en revenus.
Snackpass est une application de commande de nourriture se concentrant sur le takeout plutôt que la livraison. Ils ont mené un test sur le terrain à Yale, où ils disent que 50% des étudiants sont des clients mensuels. There’s a social network-driven loyalty card aspect that they say is driving growth.
Reverie Labs uses machine learning to scan public molecule research, modify and develop its own molecules, and license the drugs they create to big pharmaceutical companies. The startup claims it can sell molecule licenses for $100 million, and has already signed a milestone deal worth up to $87 million. It expects to have 3 drugs ready for clinical trials by the end of 2019, which is much faster than most pharma companies take. The Harvard and MIT team plan to use their engineering-focused startup identity to recruit ML talent the pharma giants can’t match. And eventually, it wants to go full-stack and sell its own medicines.
Read more about Reverie Labs on TechCrunch here
Worklytics wants to get rid of those boring team meetings, and the right place to look is probably at the management layer. The tool keeps track of the kinds of distractions that employees might get, as well as whether the right processes like one-on-one reviews and code collaboration, happen. It doesn’t track specific employees, but it uses the data it gleans from teams to figure out what works best to help companies run more efficiently.
Read more about WorkLytics on TechCrunch here.
A third-party, confidential software platform to solve workplace harassment. If an employee is feeling discriminated against or harassed they can open up the app to talk to a professional advisor, then create an action plan to either address the issue or file a formal complaint.
Then tEQuitable will aggregate the data and come up with ideas to fix the company culture. The company’s clients include Twilio, GitHub, Obvious Ventures in pilot programs worth $120,000.
Storyline wants to make it easy for people to build content apps for the Alexa platform without any coding. Storyline wants to power content across Alexa the same way YouTube powers video, they say. The startup’s apps already have 180 thousand monthly active users across 500 apps.
Read more about Storyline on TechCrunch here.
CaptivateIQ is software to calculate sales commissions. They believe that 80% of commissions have errors and there’s an opportunity to help companies get it right. They’re starting with the tech industry, but believe this is ultimately a $1.5 billion market opportunity. Beyond commissions, they think they can also help companies increase revenue.
Cricket farming for now may be an art, but Ovipost — starting with the rearing process — wants to turn it into a science. By first working to optimize hatching and egg yield, Ovipost wants to lower the labor costs to produce crickets, which could then be turned into direct consumer food sources or even feed.
Read more about OviPost on TechCrunch here.
Veriff wants to be Stripe for online identity verification, handling the processing of drivers licenses, passports, and IDs for websites. They did $60k in revenue in February, and are currently profitable. They charge ~$1 per verification.
ObserveAI is AI-powered quality assurance for call center agents. They use natural language processing to determine how call center agents are interacting with customers and offer up suggestions as to what they might be doing better. The company charges $1000 per customer service agent per year.